Welcome!

 

Calvary Lutheran Church exists to bring the hope, love and grace of Christ to the City of Charleston. We do that by being a bridge for people to Jesus, his family, and his ministry.

 
Please join us this Sunday morning! Our Sunday service is held at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. 
 
An adult Bible study starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a time of coffee and conversation, followed by our study of scripture beginning at 8:45 a.m.
 

Children’s Sunday School classes begin at 8:45 a.m. with one class for elementary age children and one for middle school and high school age children.

For anyone who cannot attend service in person, a live stream video will be available on our YouTube channel, Calvary Lutheran Chs, during worship time and a link will be available on our website’s Sermon page a few days after the service.
 
For a complete list of scheduled activities, please visit our Events page.
 
 
 
 
 

Ministries at Calvary

 

Kids for Christ

 

Kids for Christ is a group ministering to kids aged 1st through 5th grade. Monthly meetups involve fun, fellowship and food for the entire family, so be sure to join us!
 
 
 
 

 

 

Youth Ministry

 

Calvary Youth is for all 6th through 12th graders looking for a place to connect. There are monthly meetups for fellowship, bible study, and community. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JOY Fellowship

 

JOY is an outreach ministry of Calvary, providing a place for the women of the church and their friends to grow in love for Jesus and for each other.                                                    
 
 
 

Our Pastor

Interim Pastor Ed Grant

Pastor Ed and Sue Grant

Pastor Ed Grant earned his Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) from Christ Seminary, Seminex in 1979. He and his wife, Sue, took their first call to serve Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newton, New Jersey, as mission church developer and youth worker. As the mission congregation, grew, the family of three to relocate to Blairstown, New Jersey, and the mission became Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Pastor Ed served the congregation for 11 years, during which the couple was blessed with three additional children. The Grant family was then called to serve Resurrection Lutheran Church, located in Queens, New York City, where they lived for three years. Once again Pastor Ed felt the call to work in the mission field and accepted the call to serve Family of Faith, a mission congregation in Middletown, New York. He served there for 16 years, meeting first in a movie theater, then a barn before finally constructing their own house of prayer.
 
Although Pastor Ed and Sue thought they would eventually retire in Middletown, New York, Pastor Ed began to feel that God might be calling him to serve another congregation. In April, 2009, he felt the very strong call to serve Calvary Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina. God spoke very clearly to Pastor Ed, saying, “I have called you to be a bridge builder.” In July, 2009, Pastor Ed and Sue moved to the Charleston area and began their ministry at Calvary.

In the summer of 2019, Pastor Ed retired from full-time ministry while remaining a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and working with multiple non-profit ministries and participating in international mission trips.
In June, 2021, after the current pastor accepted a call to another church, Pastor Ed graciously agreed to act as Calvary Lutheran Church’s interim pastor as the congregation moves through the call process.

Our Staff

 
Tammy Matthews
Church Administrator
 
Charisma Glinka
Kids for Christ Leader
 
Amy Plott
Youth Leader
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 

Vacation Bible School

June 13-17th, 2022, 9 a.m. to Noon

 
Let’s Do Something Crazy! VBS for ages 5K to 12th grade! See the Events page to register children or to volunteer.

JOY – Women’s Fellowship

Typically, the Fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.

 
JOY Fellowship, Calvary’s women’s ministry, encourages women to grow in their love for Jesus and each other.

 

Friends of Bartimaeus 

Dinner is typically held the last Friday of the month from 6-8 p.m.
 
Friends of Bartimaeus provide a home-cooked meal, fellowship and other services to the blind or visually impaired.
 
 

From the Pastor’s Desk

Mission Trip to Waverly

Our recent mission trip to Waverly, Tennessee, was both a sad and a wonderful experience, all at the same time. Last August 21, about 15 inches of rain fell in six hours. I imagine such a heavy rainstorm is what fell over 40 days and nights in the time of Noah.
 
The creek flowing beneath a raised railroad berm became blocked by fallen trees and debris, forming a dam across the creek and creating a sixty acre lake about twenty feet deep. The pressure of the water broke an 800 yard section
of the railroad berm, sending a tsunami-like wave through the town. Twenty people lost their lives, including five children. Seven-hundred-fifty homes were damaged or destroyed. Most of the victims were poor and had no flood insurance, because the town is not in a flood plain. Residents lost everything.
 
About 28 homes have been rebuilt, but the owners had some type of insurance and were able to pay contractors. All the rest of the work is being done by Christian volunteer groups. Our team listened to harrowing stories from resident’s survival, being rescued by a helicopter as their house floated away or a man standing on an end table to keep his head above the water, and a woman getting three cats and two dogs into an attic.
 
I was touched by several observations and experiences.
  • Gratitude: Everywhere we went and daily at our meals in a church gymnasium, people expressed heartfelt gratitude to us for coming to help them. With so much to complain about, they chose to be thankful!
  • Sacrifice and hospitality: The Waverly Church of Christ and a Baptist church opened their doors to the community, initially as shelters and then serving meals to residents and volunteers since the flood. Many unchurched residents helped by the churches began serving alongside church members. We stayed in Sunday school classrooms that were kept immaculate.
  • The Body of Christ at work: Numerous Christian ministries and congregations have participated in mucking out and rebuilding homes, working harmoniously to meet the needs of the community. There are three different organizations coordinating the rebuilding, each with its own project manager, but all working together.
  • Joy: The joy of working with members of Calvary and a few other Lutheran congregations, making a difference in people’s lives and being a face of Christ, along with the hands of His mercy, to help in their time of great need. Joy also in speaking with some of the home owners and
    seeing their hope and experiencing their gratitude.
We plan to go out quarterly to serve those affected by natural disasters and are always looking for others willing to serve as the hands of God’s mercy.
 
Pastor Ed Grant

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Look Forward and Upward in the New Year

New year – old problems! Somehow the struggles we faced in 2021 have followed us into the new year. Mr. Covid goes by a new variant now, Mr. Omicron, and I read the wonderful news this morning that 46 more variants have been identified in France!
 
I think the only people rejoicing in this news are the pharmaceutical companies and the Chicago teachers union, always on the hunt for a reason to stay at home, though 91 percent are fully vaccinated. But enough of that!
 
I am excited about what God is doing among His people at Calvary, and the good works He has prepared for us. What are they you ask? I don’t know exactly but, like a hen sitting on her eggs until they hatch, I am confident God is going to reveal them to us in the coming months. They will be revealed TO YOU because they involve you. I am not looking for ideas for you to suggest to me, the elders, or the Vestry—expecting us to put a program together while you watch. The Holy Spirit wants to put opportunities on your heart – and perhaps He has already been at work doing so – in which others can come alongside you to support you.
 
You’ll have an opportunity to share your ideas at a special meeting after worship on February 6. We’ll share in a potluck lunch, and, following lunch, I’ll lead us through a planning session that will lay out a schedule of activities for the coming months. 
 
Two Sundays ago we considered Paul’s words to the Corinthian congregation:
 
“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
1 Corinthians 9:22
These words led me to reflect and to ask you this question:
To what lengths are you willing to go to gain someone for Christ?
 
A dying world faces grim prospects for the future far worse than 46 Covid variants: They face God’s judgement without a Savior and the endless eternal torment of hell. We cannot save them all, but we are right to embrace Paul’s confidence in the Holy Spirit’s work that we will be able “to save some”!
 
Pastor Ed Grant

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